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August Planting Guide

August 05, 2000|JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS

The most important garden chore during this often sweltering month is watering, even for drought-tolerant plants. Make sure that plants are getting enough water by regularly checking soil moisture with your finger or a moisture meter.

Planting during hot, dry weather is possible, as long as you water delicate transplants and seeds well and keep transplants shaded for a few days. Most summer vegetable transplants planted this month will mature in fall.

Now is also a good time to seed cool-season vegetables, which will be ready for transplanting in September.

FLOWERS

Ageratum

Alyssum

Armeria

Aster

Bacopa

Begonia

Blue flax

Bromeliad

Cactus

Campanula

Canna

Celosia

Coreopsis

Cosmos

Dianthus

Echinacea

English daisy

Euphorbia

Gaillardia

Garlic chive

Gazania

Geranium

Heliotrope

Impatiens

Lisianthus

Lobelia

Mallow

Marigold

Million bells

Nasturtium

Nicotiana

Penstemon

Petunia

Portulaca

Salvia

Scabiosa

Scaevola

Santa Barbara daisy

Society garlic

Statice

Succulent

Sunflower

Verbena

Vinca

Yarrow

Zinnia

VEGETABLES and HERBS

(from seed or transplant)

Arugula

Basil

Snap bean (best by mid-month)

Beet

Borage

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrot

Catnip

Cauliflower

Celery

Chamomile

Collard

Corn

Cucumber

Endive

Fennel

Kale

Lettuce (later in the month)

Mint

Mustard

New Zealand spinach

Onion

Oregano

Parsley

Pea

Potato

Radish

Rosemary

Summer savory

Swiss chard

Thyme

Tomato (cold tolerant or short-growth cycle type)

Turnip

SHRUBS/VINES/TREES

Aloe Angel's trumpet

Banana

Bougainvillea

Bower vine

Brugmansia

Chinese lantern

Gardenia

Hibiscus

Mandevilla

Morning glory

Moonflower

Palm

Papaya

Passion vine

Plumeria

Rose

Scarlet trumpet vine

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